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Yep. I just got a few but mostly the comics and I've been collecting the comic art from the comic itself for several years now. I think the only series I don't have are the Armada, Energon, and Beast Wars series, but pretty much everything else I have. Still looking for an encyclopedia though.
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I happen to find a box of G1 transformers when I was a youngster. That's about the extent of my collection. I have sparked an interest in trying to recollect some Toy Transformers. However, I am married now with my own children and just don't have the room to collect. I mostly game now with the Transformer titles and waiting for Transformers Universe to be released.
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I buy a few a year, but most of the time that means getting rid of one of the others to make room. I give them away to friends' kids or to the thrift shop. My wife sometimes asks "don't you have that guy already?" (Most of my figures are Optimuses.)
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There is nothing wrong with not collecting. Everyone likes Transformers in their own way and there is no "right" or 'wrong" way to be a fan, no matter what some would have you think.
For the record, I love Star Wars and while I have a had few figures here and there I have never had an extensive collection of them.
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I wouldn't say I was ever a serious collector of Transformers toys, despite being in over the deep end with the series. Back when I was in my mid teens, had a job and a lot of disposable income since I had nothing to pay for, I collected the entire first wave of the RiD figures, and the Transformers Armada toys. I also bought a bunch of the G1 Japanese reissues of the characters that I liked.
I stopped "collecting" Transformers on a regular basis when I went to college when I was 19 or 20 (can't remember which). Plus, my then wife was my girlfriend who I was in a long distance relationship with, so I saved my money all the time for flight tickets so we could be together. Since my wife and I have been going to Auto Assembly together, we buy a couple of Transformers here and there over the last few years, but the lack of space in our apartment means I'll never collect a whole wave, or series or anything. Most of my Transformers collection is still at my dad's house!
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Like many of the others here, I'm really starting to taper off in my collecting. I outgrew TF's after reaching my teens, bypassing Armada, Energon, BW etc., although I did watch all three series. The live-action movies were what made me start buying the toys, but after DOTM, I've become VERY particular with what I buy, mostly because of shrinking display space and not really liking the current TFP/BH designs.
Nowadays, I'm focusing my collection on MP figs and the odd TF gem (TFP Voyager Breakdown) every now and then.
Odds are, I'll stop collecting "mainstream" TF's altogether in the future, and go exclusively Takara with its Alternity, MP, and United lines.
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I did go through a phase of getting as many Armada toys as I could, but stopped as I realised it would bankrupt me to do it long term, plus I had a distinct lack of space.
These days I have about a dozen or so boxed figures, including reissues and of course
the usual bunch of Prime variants but thats about it,the comics are what really got me into it
If I ever get a hankering to randomly pick up a toy I usually go to seibertron's gallery and see how good it looks, by the end I'm just satisfied to look at the pictures
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RedArrow wrote:If I ever get a hankering to randomly pick up a toy I usually go to seibertron's gallery and see how good it looks, by the end I'm just satisfied to look at the pictures
That does happen to me too! Not only with the galleries on here, though.
Professional, well-taken and not-tampered-with photographs are always a treat, and usually give me enough aesthetic satisfaction to overpower the physical need for a figure.
I guess it's a similar process to the one which leads me to admire comics and visual arts, without feeling the need for a 'real-life' version of them.
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